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Grateful Dead Live at Eureka Municipal Auditorium on 1968-01-20

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Grateful Dead Live at Eureka Municipal Auditorium on 1968-01-20

Set 1

Clementine ->
New Potato Caboose ->
Born Cross-Eyed ->
Space ->
Spanish Jam ->
Caution (Do Not Stop On Tracks) Jam ->
Dark Star

Collection GratefulDead
Band/Artist Grateful Dead
Venue Eureka Municipal Auditorium
Location Eureka, CA

Source SBD -> (4 Track) Master Reels -> Dat (44.1k)
Lineage Dat (Sony R500) -> Sound Devices 744T -> Adobe Audition v1.5 -> Samplitude Professional v10.2 -> FLAC
Transferred by Charlie Miller


-- Thanks to Rob Eaton for the Dat
-- Thanks to Joe B. Jones for his help with the pitch correction


Reviewer: jpotts3 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - March 31, 2017
Subject: So fine
500 mcg level stuff, folks
Reviewer: c-freedom - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - July 16, 2016
Subject: What Micah said!
Reviewer: Eduardo Duarte - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - January 20, 2016
Subject: a lil gem of a set
This is one of the best sets in what was a truly great run of shows in January 1968, a month that is comparable with May 1977. What makes this set so special is the short and sweet (studio arrangement) Dark Star, and, of course, Clementine, the Lesh/Hunter tune that was rarely played and even less often traded. This January 20th show is one of only 4, the others being January 23 and February 2, 1968 and January 26, 1969.
Reviewer: Malexsoto - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - January 20, 2016
Subject: I want more Dark Star!
I'm rather new in my dead listening career, being maybe 8 months or so, but man this is a whopper. This is the quickest tempo I've ever heard them play Dark Star at and it jams so well. It's not the usual ethereal, psychedelic jam they usually create, which caught my ear immediately. I was so sad when it cut out!
Reviewer: pinga - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - June 30, 2015
Subject: good show
a little short, considering how long their shows would start to be by the end of 1969-1994. But it's all killer, no filler. BTW, Pigpen's organ playing sounds very good here. Surprisingly short Dark Star
Reviewer: dreatimeland - - June 6, 2015
Subject: Clementine sounds like My favourite things
Yes it sounds jazzy. It sounds jazzy as the drum rhythm is swinging with the focus on the cymbal. Clemtine: especially on the keys you can hear "My favorite things" which of course was a jazz standard made famous by John Coltrane.

I love all time periods of GD. All the pieces of the puzzle that are beyond words of description to the newcomer. It take so much patience to really get the picture. This ain't drive through baby!
Reviewer: Mind Wondrin - favoritefavoritefavorite - March 7, 2015
Subject: The Eureka Show
Great source, above-average show.
Not the best '68 but worth hearing.
Road Trips 2-2 adds Viola & Schoolgirl. New Potato>Born Crosseyed are average-to-above-average examples of '68 Dead.
Reviewer: rpm3 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - January 22, 2015
Subject: Wow!
I agree with everyone. Some amazing Dead going on here.
Reviewer: gerryjarcia - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - August 18, 2014
Subject: Phil!!!
Everyone is ON for this performance. Outstanding Dead!!!!!
Reviewer: smpeeps - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - November 1, 2013
Subject: not a mention of the caution jam????
looking through the reviews i was expecting to see something in everyone about that smokin jam!!! just saying...short but sweet!
Reviewer: doug_the_dude - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - January 20, 2013
Subject: additional tracks...
...are on RT2/2, the filler and bonus disc stuff - you can bump this show up to around an hour if you're in a Dark Star-tape-cut frenzy and need more from this diamond of a show...

**Viola Lee Blues is filler for disc 1, and it's another jaw-dropping performance from this era. No explanation needed for those in the know.

**Schoolgirl is on the bonus disc, track 2, another delightfully naughty blues romp with Pigpen in fine form.

The rest of this show is one of those that we deadheads should be happy as can be for, but *damned* if that cut during Dark Star doesn't just leave us panting and hanging on for more. If they are able to get us additional tracks on RT from the vault, maybe there's more lingering there. What we have now is essential Dead listening.
Reviewer: rrschwz28 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - November 8, 2012
Subject: peaking
The New Potato/Cross-Eyed reminds me of peaking!
Reviewer: micah6vs8 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - October 15, 2012
Subject: Essential
Reviewer: NTC - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - May 31, 2012
Subject: Anthem of the Sun source
Born Cross-Eyed is definitely one of the live sources on Anthem of the Sun. Obviously they chose well. Check out Anthem to Beauty.
Reviewer: gvtmule - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - January 20, 2012
Subject: Peak
The Grateful Dead had several peaks throughout their history. This tour is the peak of their peaks IMO. Yeah its short, but its the essence.
Reviewer: rebelsaint - - January 15, 2012
Subject: 'Dick's Picks' and 'Road Trips'
you can download them on Soulseek.
Reviewer: njpg - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - December 6, 2011
Subject: This is an example of my favorite part of the
pre-1973 Dead era. Later this year the band went through a lot of changes, including the temporary firing of Weir & Pigpen, and later on Constanten was made the organist and Pig relegated to sort of existing in between soul boogie songs. Listening to this, it's hard to understand why all that happened. Pig & Weir are on fire on this date, joining the rest of the band on tricky, polyrhythmic jams they both admitted to finding difficult at the time. In fact, Weir doesn't sound like any more of an amateur on here than he did by the time I started seeing the Dead in the late '80s. Thanks for another awesome one, Charlie!
Reviewer: aybesea69 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - November 15, 2011
Subject: A Must Add!
A very good recording of a very good show fragment. Clementine is the shining star here, followed closely by a great Spanish Jam. The recording is crisp and reasonably even. This one is a must!
Reviewer: rschwz28 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - March 17, 2011
Subject: Meet me
Meet me some morning in the sweet by and by...
Reviewer: Pangolin22 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - March 13, 2011
Subject: Hate to complain...
... but after listing (and re-listening) to this set, you can't help but feel you're missing out on the beginning and end of the show. That Clementine and Dark Star are both incredible and can't imagine how good they are in their entirety.
No matter, what's here is still 5 stars no question!
Thanks again to Charlie Miller.
Reviewer: babyblu - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - February 5, 2011
Subject: LOUD
whenever I need to practice electric guitar, this is the show I play LOUD. just half an hour is perfect.
Reviewer: eaglessoar - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - January 20, 2011
Subject: want more!
lack of material especially with the bookend cuts leaves you wanting more though what you do get is a real treat! nice flow the whole way through, like one long song!
Reviewer: clementinescaboose - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - November 24, 2010
Subject: the one
this is absolutely the source you want for this show...that and the show itself is a previous review, i docked a star due to brevity, but that's just not fair. there's plenty of short snippets like this that i've handed out five to, so this should be no less...
Reviewer: yippierb - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - February 28, 2010
Subject: uhhhhhhhh!
YER MAN IS CORRECT YOU... will CONTINUE TO RETURN..AND ENJOY. Beast/best Dead ever!!! Who was even close to this in 68/69? influential...ya think?
Reviewer: groovernut - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - January 11, 2010
Subject: wow
I agree with the other this show is a clean recording and very vital... give it a listen.
Reviewer: cglover - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - December 3, 2009
Subject: jazzy goodness
Thank you everyone who made this show possible. Jazzy as hell, great show, amazing sound- what a gem.
Reviewer: JustAFloatingSage - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - September 3, 2009
Subject: whoa!! NowThatsAShow!!!
Note to self:

dude came across the real mccoy.... very very very much ...

careful: it rocks really loud and the recording is the best that could be fabricated

... don't listen to this when falling asleep or waking up ...

... do listen to this when you need to be transported into a world of sounds

oh yea... DO NOT be bummed out about losing DarkStar at the end

Reviewer: oh_uh_um_ah - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - May 8, 2009
Subject: The GRATEFUL DEAD "Live On Stage" January 20, 1968 at the Eureka Municipal Auditorium, Eureka, CA, U.S.A.


Super 68' Soundboard!

A "Must Have" show! Classic 68' Sound, you're gonna freak. This show is a trip. Too bad "Dark Star" fades out 3 minutes into the song...

Thank you Mr. Miller!

Remember to click the "DeadLists Project" link and get the poster for this show.

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Eat, Drink, Be Merry and Listen to the GRATEFUL DEAD.

Thanks for the LOVE from 1968.
Reviewer: Dagwood420 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - February 28, 2009
Subject: Come to Humboldt
Thank you soooo much for this recording. Humboldt is a destination for a lot of deadhead fanatics. This recording has been such a great reminder that Humboldt has and always will be a refuge for like minded individuals that need a haven. Loving you--always. Sunshine daydream, walk you in the tall trees, of Humboldt.

Reviewer: Cliff Hucker - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - February 11, 2009
Subject: Sing, Siing, Sing...
This just might be the best sounding file archived here? It surely is one of the most profoundly jazzy sets the band has ever performed.

January '68 and this suite swings like a Benny Goodman arrangement with Gene Krupa sitting in. It doesn't get any better than this one! (100 pts)
Reviewer: SkyDawg - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - February 10, 2009
Subject: A Psychedelic Opus
Absolute mastery of the groove, a psychedelic opus. Thanks for liberating the 4 track master of this masterpiece. Just click on Clementine and take the whole ride. This is the kind of show that makes the whole Grateful Dead listening experience worthwhile. You will most likely keep coming back to this show again & again. Thanks to all who made this possible for us to enjoy.
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